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State's jobless may miss out on extended benefits - July 23, 2010 - The federal government on Thursday finalized an extension of unemployment benefits that will bring welcome relief to millions of the struggling jobless. But not, at least for now, if they live in the Sunshine State.

Feds dismiss post-Enron tips of fraud - July 22, 2010 - Whistleblower protections passed after the Enron accounting scandal have been largely gutted by the federal bureaucracy responsible for protecting employees who try to expose corporate fraud, according to worker advocates and a senior lawmaker who helped write the provisions.

By the People - July 11, 2010 - A video by Carl Malamud making change to our Justice System. This is a 22 minute video that I think you should watch and support for change in our Justice System.

State commission to explore wrongful convictions - July 4, 2010 - Wasting no time since his designation as chief justice of the Florida Supreme Court, Charles T. Canady on Friday issued an administrative order establishing an Innocence Commission that will study cases of wrongful convictions around the state.

Florida jails linked to immigration databases - June 30, 2010 - A Homeland Security computer system now links to all Florida county jails to quickly identify foreign nationals who could be deported because of crimes

Most new laws don't receive any attention - June 30, 2010 - This past session the state Legislature passed 274 laws, many of which take effect Thursday.

Noncriminal, undocumented aliens aren't being left alone, activists complain - June 21, 2010 - Immigration attorneys say the continued detention of noncriminal, undocumented aliens contradicts the Obama administration's promise to go easy on them

House passes 'Corruption County' ethics bill, Senate panel OKs tougher approach - April 23, 2010 - TALLAHASSEE — Two versions of tougher ethics standards for public officials — each supported by different Palm Beach County officials — advanced in the legislature Thursday

Put banks to work creating jobs - April 5, 2010 - President Barack Obama has introduced a ``financial crisis responsibility fee'' on the 50 largest banks. Thefee, assessed based on the bank's assets, could be as large as $90 billion in the next 10 years. Wouldn't it be better to assign banks to a community service to repay

We won case, but defendant won't pay - April 5, 2010 - Q: Our business is computer research and development. We were hired by a Florida investment group tocreate buy/sell timing software for exchange traded mutual funds. After we completed the job, they failed toto pay the agreed price. We sued them and won, acting as our own attorney. We have a certified court judgment against them, but they ignore our demands for payment. This may be a silly question, but how do we get our money? Can we put them in jail?

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17 Ridiculous Laws Still On The Books In The U.S. - March 5, 2010 - Laws are generally good for society. You know, the ones that prevent looting and killing sprees and general anarchy? But in many states there are laws still in effect that either ban something no sane person would ever do, or show their age with regards to women, controlled substances, or the separation of Church and State. While no one is really enforcing these unnecessary laws, the fact that they are still on the books just goes to show how far stupidity can rise in our legal system.


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Illinois Supreme Court: Malpractice Law Unconstitutional - February 22, 2010 - The Illinois Supreme Court struck down a law Thursday that capped the amount of damages that could be awarded in malpractice lawsuits, saying that it interfered with juries' constitutional powers to award settlements in civil cases.

Republican strategy: Filibuster everything, win in November - February 14, 2010 - WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are using the filibuster to limit and often derail Democrats' initiatives, paralyzing the Senate and making it nearly impossible to accomplish even the most routine matters.

Court upholds death sentence for Tamiami Strangler - February 12, 2010 - The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday again upheld the murder conviction and death sentence of Rory Enrique Conde, the so-called Tamiami Strangler who killed six prostitutes during the 1990s.

Judge tosses out charges against legendary drug agent in Allen Stanford case - February 12, 2010 - In a stunning move, a federal judge on Friday acquitted former Miami drug agent Tom Raffanello of shredding documents to protect now disgraced banker Allen Stanford, saying prosecutors failed to prove their case against the ex-lawman.

Florida voting machine dispute resolved - February 12, 2010 - TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court ruled the state’s election code does not pre-empt local laws Thursday in a voting machine dispute that traces its origins to the Florida recount that decided the 2000 presidential race.

Judge to be reprimanded by Fla. Supreme Court - February 12, 2010 - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A Seminole County judge will be publicly reprimanded by the Florida Supreme Court for judicial misconduct.


Former Miami Beach building inspector gets 18 months in jail - February 12, 2010 - A one-time building inspector in Miami Beach will serve 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to accepting payoffs from a developer.

Ca. judge files restraining order against family who photographed neighbors - February 10, 2010 - Jack and Mindy Ross were so fed up with their next-door neighbors’ continuous dirt bike activity that they called code enforcement officials seeking a solution.

Stronger public corruption law is proposed for Florida - February 6, 2010 - Broward's top prosecutor and legislators are pressing for a tougher public corruption law.

Florida bill protects against lawsuits - February 5, 2010 - Legislation would shield theme parks and other businesses from lawsuits that can be filed even if parents sign a liability waiver for their children.

Florida Highway Patrol trooper accused in fake-ticket scheme - February 2, 2010 - A veteran trooper stands accused of writing hundreds of fake tickets to scores of drivers.

U.S. Supreme Court to make decision on `vague' anti-corruption law - February 1, 2010 - The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule this year on the constitutionality of a law being used to prosecute two former public officials in Broward.

Crist sets punishing pace: disciplining three dozen public officials in 3 years - February 1, 2010 - Some of Florida's public officials have been bad boys and girls, Gov. Charlie Crist says.

Ballot full of hot-button issues - February 1, 2010 - TALLAHASSEE -- Buckle up, Florida political junkies. 2010 could get wild.

Is ticket for not wearing selt belt legal? - February 1, 2010 - Q: Our company runs refrigerated trucks for business deliveries of perishable cargo in Florida and Georgia. We give our drivers atraffic law manual. The seat belt section warns them to be very careful in Georgia because if they don't buckle up, they can be

37 Years After Roe, Abortion Access Attacked in Kansas Courtroom - January 23, 2010 - It's been thirty-seven years since the Supreme Court recognized a woman's constitutional right to abortion in Roe v. Wade, and in that time, without fail, a woman's ability to obtain an abortion has been under attack. Between stringent state laws, a lack of funding, and a severe shortage of abortion providers, abortion is virtually unattainable for significant numbers of women.

Fatal bike accident on Rickenbacker Causeway raises safety questions - January 22, 2010 - Miami-Dade commissioners Thursday discussed how to prevent accidents like the one that killed a bicyclist on the Rickenbacker Causeway.

Miami-Dade OK's new sex offender law - January 22, 2010 - A new Miami-Dade sex offender ordinance will supersede some of the stricter city ordinances passed by local municipalities, including Miami's.


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Bill: Curb lawmakers' ability to personally benefit from their votes - January 21, 2010 - A bill would require Florida lawmakers to avoid voting on matters in which they would personally benefit.

New laws aim to rid South Florida of `injurious' snake species - January 21, 2010 - A ban may be placed on the importation of nine differentsnake species, and a hunting season may be legalized for constrictors.

U.S. Supreme Court accepts Ref. 71 case - January 17, 2010 - Friday's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case involving the release of names of Referendum 71 petition signers was greeted warmly by traditional-marriage supporters but with wariness by some gay-rights leaders, who contend it plays into a broader strategy by gay-rights opponents to operate without scrutiny.

Ethics chairwoman lobbies for change in unreceptive corners - January 17, 2010 - TALLAHASSEE — The term "government ethics" is seen as an oxymoron, like "jumbo shrimp."

Court case drags on for nearly 3 years; Palm Beach County judge calls it 'one of the most questionable uses of court' - January 17, 2010 - WEST PALM BEACH — County Judge Barry Cohen is an amiable judge, highly rated by lawyers, presiding in a Woody-Allen-kinda-way over misdemeanor criminal cases.

Seminole County judge faces investigation for improperly sending people to jail - January 17, 2010 - The Judicial Qualifications Commission has found Ralph Eriksson guilty before.

Buddy Johnson loses Plant City property as foreclosure, fraud suit loom - January 17, 2010 -TAMPA — Former Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections Buddy Johnson, facing foreclosure and a fraud lawsuit, has abandoned any claim to 20 acres of land he bought three years ago for $800,000, and still faces the prospect of having to defend his actions in court.

6 Hollywood Police Department employees fired - January 13, 2010 - The city of Hollywood confirmed Wednesday that six employees in its police department had been fired. Most of the six were accused of being involved in doctoring a police report that made national news.

Some fear Kan. ruling may spur abortion violence - January 11, 2010 - WICHITA, Kan. -- A Kansas judge's decision to allow a confessed killer to argue that he believes the slaying of one of the nation's few late-term abortion providers was a justified act aimed at saving unborn children has upended what most expected to be an open-and-shut first-degree murder case.

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Hallandale Beach grandma sent to jail -- and forgotten - January 11, 2010 - A 78-year-old woman spent more than two weeks in jail, including Thanksgiving, because her case slipped under the courtroom cracks.



2 officers suspended during probe - January 11, 2010 - Two Fort Lauderdale police officers have been suspended while the city probes their off-duty work for accused investment-schemer Scott Rothstein.

Several reasons why Broward County is awash in corruption - January 10, 2010 - Last year, when an ambitious Fort Lauderdale lawyer named Scott Rothstein decided to hire someone to develop political strategies for businesses seeking government contracts, he turned to none other than Ken Jenne, the disgraced former sheriff who had just been released from jail

Political Beat - Janaury 10, 2010 - State Rep. Juan-Carlos ``J.C.'' Planas, a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, has applied to run for circuit judge -- but he doesn't want to handle criminal cases.

Ex-Miami-Dade judge gets 20 years for theft of public funds - January 9 2010 - Disgraced Miami-Dade judge Phillip Davis received 20 years in prison for looting county and state grants intended to help the poor.

For sex offenders, no escape from cold - January 8, 2010 - With more cold weather coming over the weekend, homeless sex offenders living under or near the Julia Tuttle Causeway are banned from shelters, and with no place to go, they have little choice but to remain there.

Court rules against furlough orders - January 4, 2010 - A judge rules that furloughs for state workers ordered by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must stop -- a blow to the governor's efforts to ease the state's financial crisis.

DUI challenge leaves 300 cases in doubt - December 30, 2009 - Defendants in about 300 Palm Beach County drunken driving cases could go free if they're successful in challenging the machines used to test their sobriety.

Strange? Odd? Weird? Bizarre? _ That's Florida! - December 29, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- You know you're living in a weird state when the governor promotes a pay-per-minute sex chat line.

Ethics watchdog needs teeth - December 29, 2009 - The Florida Ethics Commission is like a police agency with few weapons, little investigatory scope and no authority to lock up an individual.

Tackling corruption - December 29, 2009 - Ayear ago, Florida House Speaker Ray Sansom was stubbornly defending his new high-paid position at Northwest Florida State College, his reward for quietly steering millions in public money to the school.

State’s top court orders foreclosure mediation program - December 29, 2009 - MANATEE — Florida will create a state-wide “managed mediation” program designed to help more homeowners avoid foreclosure, the state’s top court said Monday.

Federal court rules Oregon attorney Brandon Mayfield can't challenge Patriot Act - December 14, 2009 - A Beaverton lawyer wrongly accused of a deadly terrorist bombing in Madrid suffered a blow Thursday when a federal appeals court ruled he cannot challenge the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act.

A gun case or Pandora's box? - December 14, 2009 - Ruling could trigger the unhinging of American culture

Honest failure - December 14, 2009 - Why a well-intentioned law to crack down on corruption should be struck down.

Florida revokes felons' rights after accidentally restoring them - December 12, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE — Gov. Charlie Crist and the Cabinet quietly signed orders rescinding civil rights from 11 felons after the state had mistakenly restored them.

House Ban on Acorn Grants Is Ruled Unconstitutional - December 12, 2009 - WASHINGTON — The federal government must continue to provide grant money to the national community organizing group Acorn, a federal court ruled Friday, saying that the House violated the Constitution when it passed a resolution barring the group from receiving federal dollars.

Florida needs a commission to know why it sends innocent people to prison - December 12, 2009 - It took 35 years for the criminal justice system to face the fact that it had wronged James Bain, a man convicted of the heinous crime of raping a 9-year-old boy in Lake Wales and sentenced to a lifetime behind bars. For nearly a decade Bain was denied requests for a DNA test on the evidence. It took a state attorney finally agreeing this year for the test to be done. The results ruled Bain out as the perpetrator.

FDLE Probes Alleged Police Cover-Up - December 11, 2009 - Officers Accused Of Falsifying Report

Supreme Court disciplines attorneys - December 8, 2009 - The Florida Supreme Court has recently disciplined the following South Florida lawyers, according to a press release from The Florida Bar. Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined.

Ethics commission seeks power to begin its own investigations - December 7, 2009 - Before sealing its doors and windows to secretly consider three legal complaints made by citizens against high-flying state officials, the Florida Commission on Ethics voted Friday to seek power to start its own investigations — with 10 times the fines at stake and a lowered standard of proof.

Supreme Court to hear case on Tampa police's use of Miranda warning - December 7, 2009 - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether the Tampa Police Department's use of the Miranda warning was clear

Florida's Political System, Not Just Education, On Trial - November 26, 2009 - Christine Bramuchi, Linda Kobert, and Kathleen Oropeza are not kitchen table names in Florida, but you'll be learning more about them and their fight for Florida's public schools over the next several months.

Politicians Still Cashing in on Free Trips - November 18, 2009 - The rules have changed, but Florida's congressional delegation is still getting a free rides, paid for by private interests.

Crist: Ban texting while driving - November 18, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Charlie Crist and the state's top highway safety appointee endorsed a ban on texting while driving Tuesday, adding new momentum to an idea that has never taken hold in the Legislature.

District 5 election could see Spence-Jones return - November 18, 2009 - As Miami's mayor announced a special election for Overtown's District 5 seat following the suspension of Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones, the city awaited the next political shoe to drop.

U.S. Supreme Court to review issue of juvenile `lifers' - November 9, 2009 - Lawyers for two Florida men who were sentenced to life without parole as juveniles will argue to the U.S. Supreme Court Monday that the penalty is cruel and unusual.

Breastfeeding Moms could be excused from jury duty, if bill becomes Florida law - November 7, 2009 - A bill that would exempt breastfeeding Moms from serving as jurors won a first committee vote yesterday, according to the News Service of Florida.

Justices Weigh Life in Prison for Youths Who Never Killed - November 7, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — There are just over 100 people in the world serving sentences of life without the possibility of parole for crimes they committed as juveniles in which no one was killed. All are in the United States. And 77 of them are here in Florida.

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Facial recognition technology is not entirely new, but the North Carolina project is the first major step for the FBI as it considers expanding use of the system to find fugitives nationwide.


Driver's licenses scanned in search for fugitives - October 13, 2009 - FBI's use of facial-recognition technology raising privacy concerns

Politics trumps policy - October 9, 2009 - Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink is using the issue of civil rights restoration for ex-felons to position herself as a law-and-order candidate for governor in 2010.

In midst of offshore drilling debate, Miami lawmaker denies conflict with his lobbyist wife - October 9, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE — The powerful Miami lawmaker now in charge of the Senate committee on energy policy is married to a lobbyist hired to help secure the repeal of Florida's ban on offshore oil and gas exploration.

Fla. Justices: Police Lights May Nullify Evidence - October 9, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE | Evidence seized by police can be thrown out of court in some cases if officers turned on their cars' flashing lights without having a reasonable suspicion of a crime, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen on Distracted Drivers: A Timely Constituent Input‏ - October 9, 2009 -A year and a half ago, Jose Bengochea, a student at Ransom Everglades High School in Miami wrote to me.  It was a passionate message dispatched without delay via email. 

U.S. Supreme Court won't review Florida Pledge of Allegiance law - October 6, 2009 - The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review a Florida law requiring students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance without a parent's note. But some Florida school districts don't enforce the law strictly.


      Sex abuse victim says predator laws may have backfired - October 2, 2009 - As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Lauren Book is the face behind some of the state's toughest sex-offender laws -- laws she says have had unintended consequences.


Fort Lauderdale man gets 30 years for attack on cop - October 2, 1009 - A Fort Lauderdale man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday in connection with an incident in which he swung a screwdriver at a police officer, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum's office announced.

Judge Napolitano Interviews James Bovard - September 27, 2009 - On a recent Freedom Watch, Judge Napolitano talked to writer James Bovard concerning the dangerous new powers the federal government has used since 9/11


Marine widow cleared of killing husband files suit - September 25, 2009 - SAN DIEGO -- A widow cleared of murdering her Marine husband has filed a $20 million lawsuit in San Diego, alleging her constitutional and civil rights were violated.

Florida CFO Alex Sink tries to take away ex-cons' restored rights - September 25, 2009 - Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink pushed for rescinding the civil rights of 13 Floridians whose rights were wrongly restored after they committed crimes.

Does 'stand-your-ground' law have people jumping the gun? - September 21, 2009 - After more than four years, police, prosecutors and even the courts are struggling to interpret Florida's stand-your-ground law, which allows the use of deadly force for self-defense.


Scale of JusticeA Legal Battle: Online Attitude vs. Rules of the Bar - September 13, 2009 - Sean Conway was steamed at a Fort Lauderdale judge, so he did what millions of angry people do these days: he blogged about her, saying she was an “Evil, Unfair Witch.”

Clean water laws often ignored, at cost to health - September 13, 2009 - Nationwide, polluters have violated federal act more than 500,000 times

Miami Beach sends short-term rental law back to drawing board - September 12, 2009 - Miami Beach commissioners balked at a measure to regulate short-term rental communities on Wednesday, saying the proposed rule still needs work.


Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos AlvarezMiami-Dade budget fight headed for Round Two - September 10, 2009 - Many are preparing for the second and final Miami-Dade County budget hearing on Sept. 17 to plead for their favorite social services or art program to be spared the ax.

DOC crackdown on sex offenders ruining mission - September 10, 2009 - You'd think that the supervision and discipline and therapy and strict curfews and drug testing and spiritual guidance and actual beds offered by the St. Francis Mission might be preferable to having jobless, homeless sex offenders prowl the streets and sleep under bridges.

A Record 50% of Americans Say Supreme Court Is ‘About Right’ Ideologically - September 9, 2009 - A new Gallup poll finds half of Americans believe the court is “about right” ideologically, an all-time high and an increase of 7 percentage points over last year.

Court signals it may loosen campaign spending - September 9, 2009 - WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it may let businesses and unions spend freely to help their favored candidates in time for next year's elections. Such a step could roll back a century of attempts to restrain the power of corporate treasuries in American politics.

DNA to free man jailed for 26 years - September 9, 2009 - Anthony Caravella, whose rape and murder conviction has been contradicted by DNA evidence, is scheduled to be released Wednesday.

South Florida sees upswing in family trips to Cuba - September 9, 2009 - South Florida has seen a surge in trips to Cuba as new U.S. policies toward Havana take shape.

The House I am Renting is Being Foreclosed - September 3, 2009 - What is a Foreclosure? I am only a tenant – Why am I being served? What Should I do if My Landlord Tells Me She Plans to Stop The Foreclosure? What Should I Do If My Landlord Tells Me She Cannot Stop the Foreclosure?


How America Holds CourtOrdinary Injustice: America's Judicial System Gone Awry - September 1, 2009 - Lazy or overwhelmed public defenders. Wrongful convictions. Abuse of power. Amy Bach, a former staff reporter for The American Lawyer and a Stanford law school graduate, discusses it all in her new book, Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court (Henry Holt, September 2009). After spending seven years in criminal courts in Georgia, New York, Illinois and Mississippi, she chronicles a judicial system that fails not only those most in need, but society at large.


Florida lawmakers aim to close election law loophole that masks groups behind political attack ads -September 1, 2009 - The hardball tactics used by attack groups in a state senate race could be just a prelude of tough campaigning in 2010 as lawmakers plan to close an election-law loophole.


Barry ScheckInnocent, but Executed - September 1, 2009 - In his final hours on death row, Cameron Todd Willingham and his attorneys tried frantically to show the governor of Texas a new scientific report proving his innocence. The evidence was apparently ignored, and Willingham was executed on February 17, 2004.

Appeal stops tier system for disabled - August 22, 2009 - The 1st District Court of Appeal on Friday struck down a controversial classification system that the state uses to determine benefits for some 31,000 disabled Floridians.

Lawsuit: Orlando's red-light cameras unconstitutional - August 20, 2009 - A class-action lawsuit filed Thursday claims Orlando's red-light cameras are unconstitutional and should no longer be used to issue tickets.

Elections inquiry prompted WellCare disclosure - August 20, 2009 - MIAMI (AP) -- A day after saying it had voluntarily disclosed illegal campaign contributions in Florida, troubled health insurer WellCare revealed Thursday it came forward following an inquiry from the state elections commission on a separate matter.

Illegal cash went to many officials - August 20, 2009 - WellCare Health Plans gave illegal campaign contributions to dozens of Florida’s legislators and top officials, including the current attorney general and top health regulator, between 2005 and 2007, according to a Florida Elections Commission report.


Bad Laws - Creators of Tuttle sex offender problem can fix it -- now - August 20, 2009 - Plenty of talk out there lately. Speeches. Promises. Threats. Sound bites on the evening news. Lots of stuff about solving the Julia Tuttle Causeway conundrum. The Tuttle conundrum, you might have noticed, has not gone away.

Fla. court OKs force against retreating attackers - August 19, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida's "stand-your-ground" law allows the use of deadly force for self-protection even if an attacker or intruder is in retreat, an appellate court said Wednesday.

Bad Judge, Teretha Lundy Thomas - August 8, 2009 Judge Teretha Lundy Thomas- When you think the laws are correct then you have to get a judge to read them the way the law was not meant to be read.  All of the Landlord/Tenant laws have been thrown in the thrash when it comes to Teretha Lundy Thomas.  Florida Statute 83.51  Landlord’s obligation to maintain premises.  Florida Statute 83.51 is what the landlord is suppose to do to maintain their apartment building up Florida Building Codes.  They are required to....


Judge Shelly KravitzIs Judge Shelley Kravirtz Just PlainStupid - August 8, 2009 - Florida Statute 83.49 (2) The landlord shall, within 30 days of receipt of advance rent or a security deposit, notify the tenant in writing of the manner in which the landlord is holding the advance rent or security deposit and the rate of interest, if any, which the tenant


High Court revokes control order - August 1 2009 - The government's anti-terror strategy has suffered a blow after the High Court revoked the control order of a suspect accused of links to al-Qaeda.


Photographers Rights And The Law In The UK - A brief guide for street photographers. Know your rights when you're out with your camera. Despite the law being clear on a citizen's rights to freely...

4 police officers caught in crash cover-up - July 29, 2009 - Miami Herald - HOLLYWOOD, Fla. -- Four Hollywood police officers are accused of faking a crash report - and it was caught on an officer's dashboard camera.

DCF ignored case of baby who later died- July 29, 2009 - A Broward Circuit judge sought state intervention repeatedly for a vulnerable baby. But help for Bryce Barros came too late.

South Florida doctors, hospitals named in fraud lawsuit - February 28, 2009 - A whistle-blower lawsuit alleges that ELA Medical schemed with 12 South Florida hospitals and 25 doctors to get them to use the company's devices

Vegas jurors view graphic tape in toddler sex case - February 28, 2009 - LAS VEGAS -- Jurors grimly viewed key evidence in the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting two little girls in separate incidents in 2003.

Miami judge blasted for scolding runaway girl - February 28, 2009 - A Miami judge, trying to scare a neglected child into making better decisions, may have gone too far with his tongue-lashing.

Miami-Dade man denied bail on murder charge - February 28, 2009 - A Miami-Dade judge Friday denied bail to a man accused in the 2007 shooting and wounding of Shawn Michael Joseph -- who himself was later charged in the slaying of a Hollywood gas station clerk.

Miami man found guilty in $13.5 million money-laundering scheme - February 28, 2009 - A Miami man was found guilty in a $13.5 million international money-laundering scheme, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday.

No bond for man charged in Chicago triple slayings - February 27, 2009 - CHICAGO -- The man charged in the fatal shootings of three Chicago teenagers has been ordered held without bond after prosecutors alleged that he fired an assault rifle at a rival gang member but missed.

Jury recommends death for yacht killing defendant - February 27, 2009 - SANTA ANA, Calif. -- A Southern California jury has recommended the death penalty for a third defendant convicted of killing two yacht owners by tying them to an anchor and throwing them to sea.

Family awarded $8 million in Broward tobacco suit - February 19, 2009 - Philip Morris USA vowed to appeal a Broward jury's decision to award $8 million to the widow and son of a Cooper City man who died from lung cancer.

Madoff Tipster: SEC Ignored Me For Decade - February 4, 2009 - Whistleblower Set To Tell Story Before Congress

Former Miami airport fuel farm manager gets 12 years - January 30, 2009 - A former manager at Miami International Airport's fuel farm was sentenced to 12 years in prison after lying in a deposition, a judge ruled.

Court: Fla. cops can be sued over 'safety checks' - January 29, 2009 - TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Law enforcement agencies can be sued over "safety checks" that go bad, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court said Thursday.

Fired worker's suit tests Florida's concealed-gun law- January 29, 2009 - A Boca Raton man claims he was fired in violation of Florida law for keeping a gun in his car while at work.

Ill. mob boss gets life for 'unspeakable' murders - January 29, 2009 - CHICAGO -- Reputed mob boss Frank Calabrese Sr., one of five men convicted at Chicago's biggest underworld trial in decades, was sentenced to life in prison by a judge who described the murders he was accused of as "unspeakable."

Broward considers changing pretrial release program - January 27, 2009 - A proposal that would alter Broward's pretrial release and benefit the county's bail bond companies will be debated at a public hearing Tuesday.

Jury selection for third Liberty City Six trial gets under way Tuesday - January 26, 2009 - The third -- and likely last -- trial of a Liberty City group charged with conspiring with al Qaeda to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower and FBI buildings will get under way with jury selection Tuesday.

As inmate sits, slain man's family asks: Why has it taken 30 years? - January 25, 2009 - Paul Scott has been married and divorced twice. He's been memorialized in a country song. He's attracted the attention of religious figures worldwide.

As inmate sits, slain man's family asks: Why has it taken 30 years? - January 25, 2009 - Paul Scott has been married and divorced twice. He's been memorialized in a country song. He's attracted the attention of religious figures worldwide.

Senate approves pay equity bill - January 23, 2009 - WASHINGTON -- The Senate approved landmark worker rights legislation on Thursday that will make it easier for those who think they have endured pay discrimination to seek legal help. The vote was 61-36.

Ethics crisis in America? Church leaders say yes - January 21, 2009 - KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - From billion-dollar ponzi schemes to bad mortgages and pay-to-play dealings by public officials, some are asking: Is there a crisis of ethics in America?

Supreme Court Rejects Case On Bucs' Pat-Downs - January 21, 2009 - WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected the appeal of a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan who challenged the team's pat-down searches at Raymond James Stadium.

Obama Has Chance to Shape U.S. Courts - January 19, 2009 - Vacancies of Appellate Judges, Makeup in Congress Should Give New President Sway Over How Laws Will Be Interpreted

Housing crash spawns big lawsuits - January 14, 2009 - A flood of legal claims -- of fraud, discrimination, predatory lending and more -- has followed the sharp downturn in the real-estate market. Some borrowers are even seeking compensation for the hits to their credit ratings.

'Most Wanted' Mo. woman gets 3 years for shooting - January 14, 2009 - KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A purported Kansas City, Mo., gang leader who was briefly on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Texas carries out nation's first execution of 2009 - January 14, 2009 - HUNTSVILLE, Texas -- A man convicted of murdering three people during a night of robberies more than 13 years ago in Fort Worth was put to death Wednesday evening in the nation's first execution of the year.

Ten years later, family of slain Aventura doctor waits for justice - January 10, 2009 - It's been 10 years since Dr. Bradley Silverman was gunned down in his office. After a long wait, his accused killer is still awaiting trial.

States ponder early release for some prisoners - January 10, 2009 - NEW YORK - Their budgets in crisis, governors, legislators and prison officials across the nation are making or considering policy changes that will likely remove tens of thousands of offenders from prisons and parole supervision.

Judge in Anna Nicole Smith case cleared of wrongdoing - January 7, 2009 - The colorful judge from the Anna Nicole Smith case has been cleared of bribery allegations.

Pharmed co-founders sentenced to 9 years in prison - January 7, 2009 - Saying she wanted to maintain community values in a time of rampant healthcare fraud, a federal judge sentenced Carlos and Jorge de Céspedes, brothers who were once pillars of the community, to nine years in prison Wednesday.

Blame assigned in fraud probe - January 6, 2009 - A judge says a chief executive and an assistant vice president were equally responsible for a fraud against a medical center.

Judge OKs legal settlement for Mo. gov.'s e-mails - January 6, 2009 - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A judge has approved a legal settlement that requires outgoing Gov. Matt Blunt to hand over thousands of e-mails to investigators, but leaves unresolved the question of whether Blunt's office violated public records laws.

Trial to begin in turnpike slayings - January 6, 2009 - Two men are charged with crimes related to the deaths of the Escobedo family -- whose slayings are linked to drug dealing.

Broward judge boots murder case prosecutors over taped calls - January 6, 2009 - Recordings of a defendant's phone calls with his lawyer from the Broward County Jail are at the heart of a dispute that has landed two prosecutors in hot water.

Judge reinstates Islamic group's wiretapping suit - January 5, 2009 - SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge on Monday reinstated an Islamic charity's lawsuit challenging a Bush administration surveillance program.

Ex-SC trooper caught kicking suspect pleads guilty - January 5, 2009 - COLUMBIA, S.C. -- A former South Carolina trooper caught on video kicking a suspect in the head after a highway chase pleaded guilty Monday to violating the man's civil rights, according to federal court documents.

Ill. mother wins suit over son's prison killing - January 5, 2009 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A judge has ordered an Illinois prison inmate who killed his cellmate - after allegedly warning guards he would harm the man - to pay $13 million to the dead inmate's estate and his mother.

Some US cities eliminate criminal-history question - January 5, 2009 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Hoping to prevent convicts from being shut out of the work force, some major U.S. cities are eliminating questions from their job applications that ask whether prospective employees have ever been convicted of a crime.

Cuban American named Florida Supreme Court justice - January 3, 2009 - Gov. Charlie Crist named Jorge Labarga to the Florida Supreme Court. The Palm Beach judge represents the second Cuban American to serve on the high court.

s the Integrity of Florida's Judiciary in Question? - January 1, 2009 - Over the last month, the drama played out over the most recent nomination to the Florida Supreme Court has sparked sharp criticism of the judicial nominating process.

State's minimum wage grows to $7.21 an hour - January 1, 2009 - Some of Florida's lowest-paid workers will get a raise beginning Thursday.

Taxpayers say fire-fee refunds `should be more' - January 1, 2009 - Miami taxpayers have started receiving their fire-fee refunds. But many residents are grumbling about the amount of the payout.

Court: Religious objection won't stop DNA sampling - December 30, 2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to stop the government from taking DNA from a prisoner who claims the process would violate his religious beliefs.

Supeme Court overturns death penalty case - December 30, 2008 -  The Florida Supreme Court made an unusual decision on Monday and agreed to overturn the death sentence of Willie H. Nowell who was convicted for first-degree murder. They remanded the case back to the trial court with new directions for a new trial.

Miami fire fee settlement checks are out, but only for 25 percent - December 30, 2008 -   Miami fire fee payers are getting back 25 cents of each dollar the City of Miami illegally charged them — and a little more may follow.

Talbot D'Alemberte and Bob Graham: - December 30, 2008 -   We must ensure integrity in judicial-selection process

Broward mortgage fraud scheme leader gets 8-year term - December 30, 2008 - The leader of a $10 million Broward-based mortgage fraud scheme has been sentenced to eight years in prison, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Probe: Sex assaults by staff on inmates 'a problem' at federal prisons - December 28, 2008 - A female inmate's brutal experience of sexual assaults by guards at the Federal Detention Center in Miami isn't uncommon in U.S. prisons.

Time runs out on rape suit - December 28, 2008 - A federal judge says the U.S. Bureau of Prisons was 'woefully deficient' in protecting a government witness from guards who repeatedly sexually assaulted her at the Federal Detention Center in Miami.

Reform judicial nominations - December 28, 2008 - As became evident this month, Florida gives the governor too much power over selecting judges.

We think: The Supreme Court justice nomination mess isn't the governor's alone - December 27, 2008 - Charlie Crist is taking a well-deserved pummeling, but he doesn't bear the sole blame for the current fiasco over selecting Florida's next Supreme Court justice.

Lawmaker: End tax money for candidates - December 27, 2008 - UMATILLA - State Rep. Alan Hays wants Florida to end the practice of giving public money to statewide candidates to help finance their campaigns.

Federal judges press their case for salary increases - December 27, 2008 - Pay far behind private sector compensation

Cafe ads draw $30K fine - December 25, 2008 - A former congressional candidate is fined for running afoul of election law when he ran ads funded through non-campaign funds about his bakery's pie and coffee.

Miami-Dade poor defendants face court delays - December 25, 2008 - Miami-Dade's poor defendants will face longer court delays in most cases, as the public defender tries to cope with high caseloads and shrinking budgets.

In revoking a pardon, President Bush hands a Brooklyn developer a lump of legal coal - December 25, 2008 - WASHINGTON (AP) — The pardons President George W. Bush granted this week couldn't have been better Christmas gifts if Santa himself had delivered them.

Hispanic Florida Supreme Court hopeful reconsidered - December 24, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE — The third time may be the charm for a Cuban-born judge seeking appointment to the Florida Supreme Court.

Wellington judge talks with Crist as a finalist for spot on the Florida Supreme Court - December 24, 2008 - It was a long drive home to Wellington for Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga Wednesday, returning from a Tallahassee interview with Gov. Charlie Crist and staff as a finalist for a spot on the Florida Supreme Court.

No 'right to know' at nursing homes - December 24, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE - Florida's "right to know" constitutional amendment that lets patients check records of medical mistakes by doctors and hospitals doesn't apply to nursing homes, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

Alleged misconduct in Ted Stevens trial - December 23, 2008 - An Alaska FBI agent has accused fellow agents and at least one prosecutor of misconduct and unethical behavior in the public corruption investigation in Alaska and the trial of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens.

Mental patients isolated for years despite laws - December 23, 2008 - STAUNTON, Va. -- Mental patients sprinkled throughout the nation's psychiatric hospitals are being locked up alone for years despite laws aimed at preventing the practice, because medical workers say they're too dangerous to handle any other way.

ACLU sues Laguna Beach over treatment of homeless - December 23, 2008 - LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the ritzy Southern California city of Laguna Beach over its treatment of the homeless.

Yale agrees to pay $7.6M to resolve allegations - December 23, 2008 - NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Yale University has agreed to pay $7.6 million to resolve allegations that it broke the law by mismanaging federally funded research grants, federal authorities announced Tuesday.

U. of Mich. fights $1.72M verdict for ex-student - December 23, 2008 - DETROIT -- Four faculty members at the University of Michigan dental school blame a judge for a $1.72 million verdict for a former student who claimed she was illegally dismissed from school.

Lehman sale approved - December 23, 2008 - A bankruptcy judge on Monday approved the sale of Lehman Brothers' prized investment management unit to a group of managers and employees.

Miami Beach man, Swiss commodity trading firm fined in trading scheme. - December 23, 2008 - A federal court in Miami has slapped a Miami Beach man and a Swiss commodity trading firm with $9 million in fines for purportedly defrauding investors of $4.4 million in a commodity futures and options trading scheme.

The selection of a Miami lawyer for the Florida Supreme Court has been criticized by a group of lawyers as too political and potentially illegal. - December 23, 2008 - TALLAHASSEE -- Politics swayed Jimenez nomination to Judicial Nominating Commission

Charge against attorney dismissed - December 23, 2008 - Prominent attorney Ben Kuehne won a major victory in his fight against the government, which accuses him of laundering drug profits for legal fees.

Lawyers' letter to JNC - December 21, 2008 - Here's the letter the lawyers angry over Gov. Charlie Crist's judicial activism sent to the chairman of the Judicial Nominating Commission on Monday.

Some South Florida elected officials exploit loophole in law to live outside districts they represent - December 21, 2008 - Vague residency rules for elected officials make the question hard to answer

Judge Allen to face reprimand by Supreme Court - December 19, 2008 - Rebuke marks end of conflict involving Judge Michael E. Allen

Thee Dollhouse strip club must move elsewhere in Sunny Isles Beach - December 19, 2008 - Sunny Isles Beach commissioners have finalized a plan to create an adult-entertainment zone on Collins Avenue -- meaning the city's lone adult establishment, Thee Dollhouse strip club, will have to move within five years.

Judge says Weston man entitled to $8.2M as reward in fugitive spy case - December 19, 2008 - A federal judge ruled that Peru's government must pay a Venezuelan man living in Weston $8.2 million for providing information that was used to capture a fugitive spy.

Fort Lauderdale jury finds Iranian guilty in scheme to export military night-vision goggles - December 19, 2008 - A federal jury in Fort Lauderdale convicted an Iranian woman Thursday of trying to obtain thousands of pairs of sophisticated U.S.-made night-vision goggles for Iran's military and police.

PBS&J fails to recoup embezzled cash - December 19, 2008 - A Miami federal judge has ruled against PBS&J in its effort to recover about $6.8 million the company claims was stolen through a fraudulent account opened at Wachovia Bank by a former company executive who participated in a massive embezzlement.

Minnesota Supremes Go Partly With Coleman On Absentee Ballot Suit, With Major Strings Attached - December 18, 2008 - A divided Minnesota Supreme Court has now ruled on Norm Coleman's lawsuit to stop the counting of absentee ballots that are found to have been rejected through clerical errors: The court appears to have mostly ruled for Coleman, but with some very important strings attached.

Mont., fed gov't loosen rules on Yellowstone bison - December 18, 2008 - BOZEMAN, Mont. -- State and federal officials have agreed to allow bison to migrate into parts of Montana from Yellowstone National Park - a move expected to slow but not stop an annual slaughter of the animals.

Ill. high court rejects attempt to remove governor - December 18, 2008 - SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- With the Illinois Supreme Court rejecting an effort to oust Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a legislative panel considering impeachment prepared to examine whether he abused his power, despite challenges from the Democrat's lawyer.

Justice Kennedy rejects 2 more challenges to Obama - December 17, 2008 - Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has rejected two more efforts to get the court to consider whether President-elect Barack Obama is eligible to take office.

Convict sentenced to death - December 16, 2008 - A Miami-Dade judge Monday sentenced Wadada Delhall to death for the killing of an eyewitness in his brother's murder trial.

Supreme Court allows ‘light’ cigarette lawsuits - December 15, 2008 - Smokers can sue companies over how promote ‘light,’ ‘low tar’ brands

Successful insanity defense stuns Miami-Dade attorneys - December 15, 2008 - A Miami-Dade jury reached an extremely rare verdict, finding a Miami man not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering his parents.

Appeals court: Ex-Black Panther to stay in custody - December 12, 2008 - NEW ORLEANS -- A former Black Panther will remain in prison until hearings are held to determine whether he'll face another trial in the 1972 killing of a prison guard.

Miccosukees win judgment over websites - December 12, 2008 - The Miccosukee Tribe won a default judgment in Miami federal court against a man who allegedly infringed on its name by registering website addresses to profit from it.

Florida Supreme Court backs Broward smoker's $545,000 award - December 12, 2008 - The Florida Supbreme Court on Thursday let stand a Broward County smoker's $545,000 award in a tobacco case that also may affect liability claims for a broad range of other ''inherently dangerous'' products.

Pay raise for judges tucked into bailout plan - December 11, 2008 - WASHINGTON -- If the $14 billion bailout plan for U.S. automakers passes, it will help more than just Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. Federal judges would get a pay raise, as well.

Judge blasted for jailing boy who missed court dates - December 11, 2008 - A Miami appeals court has rebuffed a juvenile judge for the 12th time, demanding his ''obedience'' even when he disagrees with state law.

Man jailed for not supporting kid who isn't his - December 7, 2008 - Mistaken-identity victim forced to pay $12,000 to someone else's daughter

Montana judge: Man has right to assisted suicide - December 6, 2008 - HELENA, Mont. -- A Montana judge has ruled that doctor-assisted suicides are legal in the state, a decision likely to be appealed as the state argues that the Legislature, not the court, should decide whether terminally ill patients have the right to take their own life.

Racial slur causes mistrial in Broward County tobacco case - December 5, 2008 - The first of about 8,000 tobacco cases in Florida ended in a mistrial after a witness used the 'N word' in testimony.

2 Broward Ex-Cops Plead Guilty In FBI Sting - December 5, 2008 - WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Two former Broward County sheriff's deputies have pleaded guilty to drug charges as part of an FBI undercover corruption investigation. The pleas were entered Friday in federal court by 38-year-old Kevin Frankel and 37-year-old Richard Tauber. Both face possible life prison sentences

Lawyer pleads guilty, gets 2-year sentence - December 2, 2008 - A Venezuelan lawyer who was the first to plead guilty in a local plot to cover up a South American political scandal received a two-year prison sentence.

Sugar land price still $400 million too high, consultant says - November 19, 2008 - A 'fairness opinion' from a financial consultant undercuts the state's $1.34 billion bid for sugar lands by nearly 30 percent.

Trial begins over California prison crowding - November 18, 2008 - SAN FRANCISCO -- Attorneys for the state and inmates' rights groups clashed Tuesday at the opening of a high-stakes trial over whether California's jam-packed prisons have led to unconstitutionally poor medical and mental health care.

NH prescription privacy law upheld - November 18, 2008 - CONCORD, N.H. -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of New Hampshire's first-in-the-nation law that restricts drug company access to some information about doctors' prescription writing habits.

Transient ordered to pay $101M for setting fires - November 18, 2008 - LOS ANGELES -- A homeless man has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison and ordered to pay more than $101 million for starting two fires, including one that burned more than 163,000 acres in California two years ago.

25 states compensate the wrongfully convicted - November 18, 2008 - Twenty-five states and the District of Columbia have laws that provide compensation for the wrongfully convicted:

Aventura commissioner proposes help for struggling condo associations - November 14, 2008 - Foreclosures are having an impact on condo associations in Aventura, and commissioners want the Florida Legislature to do something to help.

Everything Vibrates - November 13, 2008 - The Supreme Court grapples with the primordial ooze of the Summum case.

Judge sentences Nixzmary's mom to 40 years - November 12, 2008 - The mother of 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown was sentenced to 40 1/3 to 43 years behind bars on Wednesday for doing nothing as the battered and malnourished child lay dying in their home - a case so shocking it hastened child welfare reforms.

Prosecuting Johns - November 12, 2008 - Why allowing Eliot Spitzer to break the law is a mistake.

A teen gets life while other killers get deal - November 10, 2008 - A ll murders aren't the same.

Judge closes inquiry in Ohio corruption probe leak - November 9, 2008 - CLEVELAND -- A judge has closed his inquiry into whether federal prosecutors gave two newspapers sealed documents in an investigation of Cleveland's former mayor.

Judge won't block Detroit reporter's deposition November 8, 2008 - DETROIT -- A federal judge won't block the deposition of a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter to answer questions about unnamed sources used in a 2004 story about the ethics investigation of a terrorism prosecutor.




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Reginald Garcia: Clemency 101: Seeking Justice for Felons; UPDATE on New Rules for Automatic Restoration of Civil Rights - July 2007 - Florida residents and certain out-of-state residents who have a previous felony conviction and have completed their prison sentence or probation often need information or legal counsel to seek clemency approval for restoration of civil rights (R.C.R.) or a full pardon. Clemency approval by the Governor and Cabinet will be of valuable assistance to obtain certain jobs, business or professional opportunities, state licenses, and government contracts or security clearances.



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